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Preview: The Woods #32

The Woods  #32

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas
Price: $3.99

Karen is anxious to end Isaac’s plan, but first they must team up with an unlikely ally.

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Preview: Detective Comics #955

Detective Comics #955

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Marcio Takara (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
RATED T
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“League Of Shadows” part five! All of her teammates are broken-or dead. There’s only one fighter left to stand between the League of Shadows and Gotham City’s total destruction. This is Cassandra Cain’s greatest battle-the fight she was born for! Do not miss the most
astounding action sequence of the year!

Preview: Batwoman #2

Batwoman #2

(W) Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV (A/CA) Steve Epting
RATED T+
In Shops: Apr 19, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“The Many Arms Of Death” part two! The criminal haven of Coryana has changed completely in the years since Batwoman left! The biggest change of all? Her closest friends are now her enemies – or they’re corpses! It’s time for Kate Kane to cut to the heart of what’s happening here, and find out who brought the deadly bioweapon Monster Venom into Coryana…but she might get her own heart cut out in the process, by the unbeatable assassin known as the Knife!

DC Comics Goes from Rebirth to Dark Matter with Five Brand New Series

DC Comics feels like its dropped the gauntlet down at today’s Diamond Retailer Summit before C2E2 as they announced a new line of books called Dark Matter that emphasizes artists along with writers, with a whole bunch of new characters. The initiative comes after Marvel was criticized for saying artists don’t sell books. At the announcement were Jim Lee, John Romita, Jr. and Andy Kubert.

The initiative comes out of the company’s latest creator summit and fills what they thought was missing from comics and was a chance to “create something different than maybe fans of this generation hadn’t see before.”

The line kicks off in August with Dark Nights: Metal which will be written by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the duo who gave a shot in the arm to Batman and made his series consistently one of DC’s best selling comics. That comic is the launching pad for the rest of the line.

One series is Sideways about a teleporting teenager who was changed during those events. It will be co-written by Justin Jordan and Dan DiDio with art by Kenneth Rocafort. Also launching is The Silencer written by Dan Abnett and drawn by John Romita, Jr. That series is about Honor Guest, the former world’s deadliest assassin trying to live a quiet life in the suburbs before her former life comes back to haunt her. Both of those debut in September.

October sees the launch of Immortal Men by James Tynion IV and Jim Lee. The story is about five immortal siblings who operate in the shadows to recruit individuals to prevent Armageddon. That month also sees Damage written by Robert Venditti with art by Tony S. Daniel. In that series army recruit Ethan Avery is granted the power to unleash an unstoppable monster for one hour at a time.

finally, New Challengers debuts in December written by Snyder with art by Andy Kubert. The comic is a reboot of the classic Challengers of the Unknown with a “new cast” and “new mission.”

At the event Lee said more talent and series would be coming down the road later this year.

 

Preview: Detective Comics #954

Detective Comics #954

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Marcio Takara (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
RATED T
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“League Of Shadows” part four! Ra’s al Ghul has the answers Batman needs to take down the League of Shadows…but will he lift a finger to help him? Or would he rather use the League to take care of the Dark Knight Detective once and for all?

Preview: The Woods Vol. 6 SC

The Woods Vol. 6 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

Having been stranded in an alien wilderness for well over a year, the former students of Bay Point Preparatory High School have had to grow up fast—first simply to survive, and later to build some kind of life on this foreign moon. But conflict rears its ugly head again as The Horde begins conscripting athletes to raise an army, separating and scattering the other survivors throughout New London. And as the growing threat of an upcoming massacre approaches, time is quickly running out to salvage the society Bay Point has become. Collects the critically acclaimed sixth arc of this best-selling series, issues #21-24.

The Woods Wins this Year’s GLAAD Media Awards for Comics

The 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced this past Saturday in Los Angeles, and The Woods won in the comic book category. Receiving credit were James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, Josan Gonzalez, Ed Dukeshire. The series is published by BOOM! Studios (with the latest issue out this week).

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives.

There’s two events, one held in Los Angeles on April 1 and another in New York City on May 6.

This year’s nominees included:

  • All-New X-Men (Marvel)by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy, Paco Diaz, Nolan Woodard, Rachelle Rosenberg, Cory Petit
  • Black Panther (Marvel) – Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, Walden Wong, Karl C. Story, Laura Martin, Matt Milla, Joe Sabino, Clayton Cowles
  • DC Comics Bombshells (DC Comics) – Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, Sandy Jarrell, Maria Laura Sanapo, Mirka Andolfo, Pasquale Qualano, Marguerite Sauvage, Juan Albarran, Kelly Diane Fitzpatrick, J. Nanjan, Jeremy Lawson, Wendy Broome, Wes Abbott
  • Kim & Kim (Black Mask Studios) – Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre, Zakk Saam, Taylor Esposito
  • Love is Love (IDW Publishing/DC Comics) – anthology originated by Marc Andreyko
  • Lumberjanes (BOOM! Studios) – Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carey Pietsch, Ayme Sotuyo, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho, Aubrey Aiese
  • Midnighter / Midnighter and Apollo (DC Comics) – Steve Orlando, David Messina, Aco, Hugo Petrus, Fernando Blanco, Gaetano Carlucci, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jeremy Cox, Tom Napolitano, Josh Reed
  • Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat! (Marvel) – Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams, Natasha Allegri, Megan Wilson, Rachelle Rosenberg, Clayton Cowles
  • Saga (Image Comics) – Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Fonografiks
  • The Woods (BOOM! Studios)James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, Josan Gonzalez, Ed Dukeshire

Congrats to everyone!

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Preview: The Woods #31

The Woods #31

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

The final war erupts as the forces of good and evil on the alien moon collide, with the students’ path back to Earth hanging in the balance.

Preview: Green Lantern/Space Ghost Special #1

Green Lantern/Space Ghost Special #1

(W) James Tynion IV, Christopher Sebela, Howard Chaykin (A) Howard Chaykin (A/CA) Ariel Olivetti
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $4.99

Trapped in a strange rift in time, Green Lantern and Space Ghost are forced to battle a variety of foes – and each other! And even if they manage to survive, they will be thrown into a world with no concept of interstellar travel – or even what an alien is! Stripped of their weapons by a xenophobic culture, the duo will have to battle to regain them – but what happens when Space Ghost dons the Emerald Ring and Hal Jordan put on the Power Bands? And in the backup feature, Ruff and Reddy were once the toast of nightclubs, variety shows, late night chat fests and Broadway. Learn how they became the comedic duo of yesterday… before they hit rock-bottom today!

Review: Green Lantern/Space Ghost Special #1

Trapped in a strange rift in time, Green Lantern and Space Ghost are forced to battle a variety of foes – and each other! And even if they manage to survive, they will be thrown into a world with no concept of interstellar travel – or even what an alien is! Stripped of their weapons by a xenophobic culture, the duo will have to battle to regain them – but what happens when Space Ghost dons the Emerald Ring and Hal Jordan put on the Power Bands? And in the backup feature, Ruff and Reddy were once the toast of nightclubs, variety shows,

And in the backup feature, Ruff and Reddy were once the toast of nightclubs, variety shows, late night chat fests and Broadway. Learn how they became the comedic duo of yesterday… before they hit rock-bottom today!

Out of all of the meetings for this wave of DC meets Hanna-Barbera comics, Green Lantern meeting Space Ghost was the most straightforward of them all. It’s a no-brainer. And unfortunately, that ease of characters results in a rather paint by numbers comic where the two heroes clash, fighting for a bit, then eventually teaming up to fight the real enemy. I love Space Ghost, it was one of my favorite childhood cartoons, so I also had very high expectations reading this

I love Space Ghost, it was one of my favorite childhood cartoons, so I also had very high expectations reading this. Writers James Tynion IV and Chris Sebela don’t give us a bad story. In fact, this would be a solid one-off comic, but it’s also pretty standard. It doesn’t challenge things at all when it comes to these characters meeting with is also a problem in the Adam Strange/Future Quest Special as well. In both cases, the characters work together which makes the story itself feel like it’s missing something special to make it pop. It’s just each rely on the “standards” for when two heroes meet, fighting before taking on the real enemy. There’s some fun beats in the issue, I just wish there was something a bit more original to it all.

The story is hampered by Ariel Olivetti’s art. Olivetti relies heavily on what feels like off the shelf 3D renders which has caused some issues in the past. In this case, we get figures that feel like they’re familiar mechs and one that is absolutely ED209 from Robocop, but with saw hands. The tease at the end also looks a little too Battle of the Planets. Olivetti does some cool art, but when you’re spending time playing “spot the other intellectual property” there’s something that needs to be changed.

Howard Chaykin‘s Ruff ‘n’ Ready backup takes a bit to get going, but once it does, it’s solid entertainment. Taking us through how these two character come together creates some interesting worldbuilding that’s subtle in its delivery but gives us a solid sense of what this world is like without being the focus. It’s a really interesting read due to that alone. The story itself has some issues with that sense of dragging. That “punchline” is really at the end with just a few pages, so it’s a lot of build up to get to actually get to Ruff ‘n’ Ready.

This entire comic has some issues, which makes me hesitant to recommend spending dollars on it. There’s just not enough new in the main story to really make it stand out and the backup is a lot of build-up to get to the point.

Green Lantern/Space Ghost

Story: James Tynion IV and Chris Sebela Art: Ariel Olivetti
Story: 7.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.70 Recommendation: Pass

Ruff ‘n’ Ready

Story: Howard Chaykin Art: Howard Chaykin
Story: 7.45 Art: 8.05 Overall: 7.50 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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